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This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

This is the Most Efficient Way to Mow the Grass

You want your lawn to look good, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time mowing. When it comes to lawn care, there is a right and wrong way to mow the grass. Conquer Edges First First, take care of your yard’s edges. To do this, Cardinal Lawns, a full-service lawn and landscape company in Ohio, recommends taking two passes around the outside edges (three if your yard is surrounded by a fence). By doing this first, you’ll have room to turn the mower around, which will make the job go faster with less hassle. Pick a Pattern One of the most common and easiest patterns to mow the grass is with stripes. You’ll do one pass, then make a 180-degree turn to make the next pass, slightly overlapping the first pass. Do this until the lawn is mowed. Cardinal Lawns recommends alternating directions each time you mow, so if you mow vertically one week, go in a horizontal pattern the next. Lawn experts note circling is probably the easiest and most efficient pattern when mowing your lawn. After mowing the edges, just keep making passes in a circular pattern until you make your way to the middle of the yard. This is an efficient method for most lawns, as it cuts down on all the sharp turns you’d make if you mow in rows. Mix it Up No matter what pattern you chose, mix it up each week. This will prevent grass from growing in one direction, which not only makes your lawn less attractive but it makes mowing more difficult. Helpful Reminders When you’re ready to...
What Is Dethatching? Why Do I Need To Do It?

What Is Dethatching? Why Do I Need To Do It?

  De-Thatching Your Lawn Is The Most Essential Spring Lawn Care Task You Should Consider   Proper Spring Lawn Care is always a multiple pronged attack, and can sometimes get overwhelming to keep up with.  Here in Connecticut, our weather can cause uniquely challenging problems with maintaining healthy Green Grass and perfect Soil. One of the most important Lawn Care Services we perform, is often overlooked and poorly understood. Here will will try to explain, what Thatch is , how it forms, why it is destructive to your lawn, and how to remove it.         What is Thatch? Thatch can be most effectively described as dead material that has built up into a layer that covers your soil.  This dead material is usually a mix of last seasons grasses, weeds, and leftover leaves that is matted down by snow cover and condensed into a nutrient robbing layer above your soil. The problems caused by this thatch layer are as followed:   Moisture is blocked from reaching grass roots Sunlight does not penetrate Thatch layer Nutrients such as Nitrogen, Potash, and Oxygen do not reach the roots of desirable grasses This nutrient deprived state allows undesirable weed species to thrive Moisture trapped on Thatch layer allows fungus to collect       How To Remove Thatch. Dethatching in Spring is essential to a healthy lawn. Exposing your soil at this time prepares and maximizes its intake of water, sunlight and Fertilizer. We always recommend hiring a Lawn Care Professional near you, as they will have the proper tools and techniques to perform this service more efficiently. Dethatching is...
Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-seeding in Spring.

Myths About Seeding a New Lawn & Over-seeding in Spring.

Over seeding in Spring to out-compete weeds Due to the stress of winter, your dormant grass is probably struggling to re-establish itself among the crowd of organic material that has overwintered on your lawn as well.  As the turf warms up, weeds begin to find new escape routes from their winter hideouts and make their way into your landscape for spring.  Here is a quick rundown of Lawn Overseeding Methods, why it is important, when is the best time to apply Grass Seed, and some information on Grass Seed types for an effective Lawn Care & maintenance plan.  Don’t forget to scroll down for our April only special for just $89!   New Lawn Seeding & Overseeding Methods Laying down Grass Seed to rejuvenate your Lawn can be done by hand or with machines. We’ve provided a basic overview of the most common over-seeding methods and notes on their effectiveness. Spreading by Hand: While using the old left and rights is a very cost-effective procedure, it can produce uneven results due to the lack of spread control.  Using a rake afterwards can help the seed to make soil contact, but this method is less useful than machines that force the seed into the soil. Using a Broadcast Spreader:  This method would likely produce the most even results as spreaders are inherently pretty accurate with spread ratios, even more than machines in some cases.  The same restriction for deep soil contact that exists for hand spreading would be a downfall of this method. Using a Gas Powered Seeding Machine: This method is by far the most effective for planting new lawns,...
The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

The Quickest Way to Revive Your Lawn After Winter | Green Team Lawn Care

  The Great American Lawn. To some, it’s a manicured masterpiece the equal of anything found at the finest golf course. See our top 10 tips for a perfect lawn. To others, it’s simply a soft, green spot for the kids to play on. However, if your turf isn’t looking so great, there’s no better time than spring to start improving it. Dry up snow mold One thing to look for after winter is snow mold, a cold-season fungus that causes gray-colored circles or patches where there had been snow. If you see snow mold, rake the lawn to loosen matted grass and allow the grass to dry out. You may need to overseed the area to encourage grass to fill in. Get rid of leftover deicing salt Also, if you live where winters are cold, grass near sidewalks and driveways may suffer damage from deicing salt. You can apply a thin layer of pelletized or granular gypsum—a naturally occurring mineral used as a soil conditioner—to replace the salt with calcium and sulfur. Water thoroughly. To minimize damage in the future, consider using sand or cat litter instead of salt. Remove thatch and aerate Spring is the time for a good, stiff raking to remove thatch—a dead layer of debris that slowly builds up at the base of grass. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to aerate. You can get together with the neighbors and rent a gas-powered unit for the day. Or aerate by hand with a manual core aerator. This loosens up the ground, allowing oxygen and water to better penetrate to the roots. Overseed After aeration,...
Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Lawn Mowing Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

After all the effort you put into prepping your new lawn, don’t blow it with mowing mistakes. Watch the video above and read below to learn how to mow for better grass: Use sharp blades. Dull blades hack off rather than cut grass tops. The damaged tips will give your yard a brown tinge. Skip the grass catcher. Mulching blades chop up the grass clippings before they fall. Once there, they’ll give up their nutrients to nourish the grass and help keep moisture in the soil. Don’t cut wet grass. Wet grass will not only carpet the underside of your mower deck; the thick clumps left all over your yard will suffocate the grass below it. Cut tall grass twice. The rule of thumb is to never mow more than one-third of the grass height at a time. Those long shafts of grass will lie on top of your lawn like hay for weeks. If the lawn has gotten away from you, mow it twice, starting high and dropping the mower deck for the second pass. Cut at the right height. Every variety of grass has an ideal cutting height. Cutting too short is a mis-take. You’re robbing the grass of its food source: the grass blades, which are the plants’ food-manufacturing facility. Taller grass also shades the ground, slowing weed growth and water loss from the soil. To find the ideal mowing height for your grass varieties, search for “mowing heights” at pennington.com. Consider a zero-turn mower. When it’s time to upgrade from a push mower to a rider, or replace a rider, consider a zero-turn model. Zero-turns were once...